NSTA Engage: Fall20

November 13-15, 2020

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Sanctuaries 360°: Immersive Experiences in America's Underwater Parks

Friday, November 13 • 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM

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Sponsoring Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is introducing a collection of immersive underwater experiences to bring these exceptional places to viewers everywhere. Join us on a virtual tour of our underwater parks. Learn what national marine sanctuaries are and dive below the surface to virtually interact with sanctuary sea life.

1. Take a visual tour of America's national marine sanctuaries and learn more about the conservation of these underwater parks; 2. Immerse and explore these underwater treasures through free virtual reality dives and 360 degree underwater photos; and 3. Walk through at least one NGSS-focused lesson plan for grades 6–8 that complements the underwater VR dives.

Claire Fackler (NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: Santa Barbara, CA)

Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10k!

Friday, November 13 • 4:50 PM - 5:35 PM

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Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer
Shell Programs presentation
Learn about the two Shell Teaching Awards and the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge competition.

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Sponsoring Company: NSTA, Shell Teacher Awards and Competitions

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards through this teacher competition.

1. Learn how to apply for a Shell-sponsored award or competition; 2. begin your application or nomination of a Shell-sponsored program and receive a prize; and 3. collaborate with past winners and judges to learn how to strengthen your application.

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

Elementary Science Expo: Informal Education Resources for Early Childhood and Elementary Grades

Friday, November 13 • 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM

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EiE NSTA Engage 20 Survey
Please complete this survey to provide feedback and preference for which FREE engineering design challenge you would like to receive!
EiE Product Portfolio (via Padlet)
View this overview of the Engineering and Computer Science solutions from PreK-G8 for teaching in-school, virtually, or during flexible-time settings.
EiE Virtual STEM Solutions
Curiosity. Imagination. Collaboration. Bring STEM Learning to Life. Solving food scarcity. Preventing viral outbreaks. Designing eco-friendly cities. How do you prepare future -ready learners to think, design, build and solve for the real-world challenges ahead? New flexible learning solutions to accelerate STEM. Anytime. Anywhere. In uncertain times, you need maximum flexibility. Students need experiences that engage them in hands-on, minds-on learning, even virtually. We know your decis
STEM Books Beyond Become a Maker!
STEM challenges, book lists & teaching resources
Three ways to make a remote robot

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The Elementary Science Expo has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations for the NSTA Engage: Fall20 virtual conference. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in upper elementary science and STEM education as presenters offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of 5 minutes. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in science and STEM education for our youngest learners. Featured materials come from celebrated classroom educators, authors of NSTA Press books and award-winning books, as well as strategies from the NSTA preK–5 journal Science & Children.

NGSS connections to student experiences will be highlighted during each Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants will interact with presenters about science and STEM investigations and resources through a Q&A session at the end of the time block. Presentations will be passionate, funny, informative, and inspirational. Join us for this new format and learn from this fast paced, energy-filled experience and leave with ideas to use with your students and colleagues.

This event is organized by Jennifer Williams, Department Chair, Lower School Science, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA.

NSTA is grateful to Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision for sponsoring the Elementary Science Expo.

Kimberly Swan (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA), Tom Lauwers (Birdbrain Technologies, LLC: Pittsburgh, PA), Rob Wallace (: Kenner, LA), Godwyn Morris (Dazzling Discoveries / Skill Mill NYC: New York, NY), Amanda Souza (Girls Who Code: New York, NY), Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Amanda Glover (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA)

Backyard Science

Saturday, November 14 • 11:50 AM - 12:15 PM

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Join Dr. Mike Marvel to hear about new angles on traditional science topics that your students can use in their homes to keep their experimental design and scientific reasoning skills active. Mike will pass on several ideas that use inexpensive, common items to explore topics such as thermodynamics, intermolecular forces, and acid-base indicators. For example, students can compare the food dyes present in M&M’S™ and Skittles® using paper towel chromatography, and evaluate the thermal conductivity of materials with paper plates. You’ll see how you can use these activities at all levels, to probe concepts extensively or keep things light.

Mike Marvel, Ph.D. (Flinn Scientific, Inc.: Batavia, IL)

Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges

Saturday, November 14 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges
Slide deck, links & resources to all materials discussed in Steven Jones' workshop of "Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges"

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Sponsoring Company: MatterHackers, Inc.

Learn how to lead students through engaging learning experiences such as the make:able challenge in order to improve learner outcomes and deepen student agency. They will be able to use empathy, STEM skills, and their own interests to improve the lives of others through assistive technology and 3D printing.

1. Learn about the make:able challenge and how you can implement it at your school; 2. use resources from the Build a Better Book project to facilitate design challenges for people with visual impairments based on student interest; and 3. gain strategies to help promote student independence, growth, and reflection.

Mara Hitner (MatterHackers, Inc.: Lake Forest, CA), Steven Jones (Swanson Middle School: Arlington, VA)

Beyond the Classroom: Developing Robust Industry and Community Partnerships to Strengthen Applied STEM Learning and Address Workforce Development in STEM Fields

Saturday, November 14 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Hear innovative ideas for developing partnerships and programs with community, universities, and industry to equip students with STEM skills necessary for success in tomorrow’s world.

1. Learn how to go beyond one-off field trips to engage students in deeper, more meaningful, long-term, and real-world learning; 2. Learn how to take advantage of the coming "silver Tsunami" in most industries, to get unique learning experiences and measurable outcomes for your students; and 3. Understand that "STEM fields" are not limited to robotics or space exploration; most if not all fields soon will require at least a basic understanding of STEM concepts.

Gordon Bourns (Bourns, Inc.: Riverside, CA), Sharon Gutierrez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA), John Robertson (Riverside Unified School District: Riverside, CA), Damaris Velez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA)

Our Watery Fingerprints: Teaching About Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Sunday, November 15 • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

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NSTA Our Watery Fingerprints.pdf
Information about Population Education and how to access free curriculum.

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Explore how human activities have affected marine ecosystems, including the Gulf Coast, since the Industrial Revolution. Engage in hands-on simulations, interactive stories, and demonstrations.

Participants will: 1. learn ways to incorporate hands-on activities related to marine ecosystems around the NGSS Middle School topic of Human Impacts; 2. acquire ideas and techniques for helping students deepen their understanding of the connections between population trends, land use, natural resource use, and environmental impacts through simulations, interactive stories, and labs; and 3. be able to identify how the presented hands-on activities meet the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices; and how the activities can be used to reach all kinds of learners.

Donna Torres (INFINITY Science Center: Pearlington, MS)

Bring on the Data! Beginning Strategies to Integrate Data and Scientific Literacy into Your Science Classroom and Beyond

Sunday, November 15 • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

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Session Resource Document
We will use this shared Google Document to access a variety of materials to use during the workshop, as well as share multiple additional resources to use and pursue following the workshop.

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Leverage how people learn from data to teach data skills alongside content with these beginning strategies to build students literacy in science, math, and technology.

1. A framework for thinking about how people learn from data and what are the steps along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data to do science, math, and use technology; 2. Strategies and resources to use in our teaching in any unit to better set students up for success as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into our current curricula across different disciplines that enhance how students work with data to learn their science and math content as well as critical evaluate claims in the world.

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Rising to the Challenge: Creating Equitable Opportunities During a Remote Learning  Environment…and Beyond

Sunday, November 15 • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

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Let's bring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into the forefront of science education! Join us as we share the details of our joint AMSE and NSTA Multicultural/Equity upcoming virtual miniseries. #DEIinACTION

1. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: A Focus on Diversity and Equity Among Minority and Underserved Students in Geographic Locations; 2. Designing for Equitable Sense-making with Multilingual Learners; and 3. All in the (Science) Family: Considerations and Strategies for Inclusive Science Teaching for All Students.

Alicia Conerly (Marion County Schools: Columbia, MS), Sharon Delesbore (Stephen F. Austin High School: No City, No State)

NESTA and AGI Session: Geoscience Is for Everyone—Activities That Help Students Explore STEM in Their Lives

Sunday, November 15 • 1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

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Take part in activities making personal/local connections that encourage learners to reflect on the role of STEM in their lives, communities, and possible futures.

1. Through engaging students in investigations centered on STEM careers we can inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers and innovators to build a better world; 2. Geoscience is for everyone; and 3. Personal and local connections like those explored in this workshop demonstrate the role of STEM for all learners.

Aida Awad (Education Consultant/ Adjunct: Ormond Beach, FL), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA)

Environmental Education Clubs, Green STEM, and Eco-Schools

Sunday, November 15 • 1:15 PM - 1:20 PM

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Arizona Association for Environmental Education
Arizona Game & Fish Department – Focus Wild Arizona
Article - "Hiking the Seven C's" by Brad Daniel
Article - "Nighttime Adventures" by Brad Daniel
Captain Planet Foundation - Grants
Connecticul Green LEAF Schools
Earth Day Network
EarthEcho International
EarthEcho Water Monitoring
Eco-School Fact Sheet
Eco-Schools the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eco-Schools Pathway Icons (Printable pdf)
Eco-Schools Presentation for NSTA Engage Fall 2020 Conference
Experiential Outdoor Learning in the Schoolyard
Global Eco-Schools
Global Green STEM
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
GLOBE Framework Alignment
Green Schoolyards
Green STEM Guidebook
Green STEM Guidebook from NWF
Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Toolkit
Growing Spaces - Grants
Hiking the Seven Cs by Brad Daniel
Kids Gardening - Grants
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Green Schools
National Geographic Kids
National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA
Nature Play at Home from NWF
Nature Play at Home Guidelines
Nighttime Adventures
Nighttime Adventures - Exploring and appreciating the mysteries of the night by leading walks after dark Article by Brad Daniel & Cliffard Knapp in Green Teacher
North American Association for Environmental Education
NWF - Learn about Eco-Schools USA! (video)
NWF Eco-Schools USA - Virtual Classroom Resources
Ology from the American Museum of Natural History
Positive Actions for the Sustainable Development Goals
Project Learning Tree
Project WET
Ranger Rick Magazine
Resources Sheet for Eco-Schools and Green STEM
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
SciTech Institute Resource Directory
Seed Your Future - Grants
The Awesome Foundation - Grants
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Whole Kids Foundation - Grants

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Discussion centers on how to start an Environmental Education Club, incorporate green STEM-focused curriculum, and become part of the Eco-School global initiative.

Attendees will learn: 1. how to start an Environmental Education club at their school and will see examples from other schools and colleges; 2. about Green STEM lessons and interdisciplinary units that they can easily incorporate in their standards-based curriculum; and 3. about the Eco-School global initiative and will explore how they can inspire their students to collaborate with others and involve their local communities so together they can create creative and meaningful solutions to protect the planet.

Lisa Ristuccia (Fountain Hills Charter School: Fountain Hills, AZ)

Sparking Discovery and Exploration—From Home!

Sunday, November 15 • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

STRAND: No Strand

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This session will engage teachers in experiencing and exploring free NGSS-focused resources for classrooms from STEM@GTRI.

1. Free NGSS-focused resources; 2. virtual field experiences; and 3. educational technology.

Tyler Kinner (Georgia Tech Research Institute: Atlanta, GA)

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